Top 9 cork brands in different fields

Cork is derived from the bark of the Portuguese cork oak tree, a renewable resource. In addition to its natural properties, cork has excellent elasticity, sealing, thermal insulation, sound insulation, electrical insulation and friction resistance, and therefore has great potential for development. Let’s take a look at the top 10 brands that currently use cork.

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1. Sustainable leather alternative

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HZCORK
Location: China
Company Type: Manufacturing, Wholesale
Year of establishment: 2015
Main Products: Cork Leather & Fabric
Other products: cork bags, cork rolls & sheets, cork yoga products, cork coasters and other cork products

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HZCORK is a leading international manufacturer of cork products. Through just 10 years of development, under the leadership of founder Andy, we insist on using Portuguese FSC certified cork to ensure that the raw material is traceable and environmentally friendly. With excellent quality, reasonable price, on-time delivery and satisfactory service to earn us a good reputation, HZCORK has developed from an obscure cork processing factory to an internationally renowned cork products supplier.

Although Portugal is the origin of cork, HZCORK has achieved a leading position in the cork industry with its world-class processing & supply network, mature trading environment and fast logistics network.
HZCORK products are exported to more than 20 different countries such as USA, UK, Australia, Germany, Spain, etc. with millions of dollars in sales, while providing high quality & cost effective environmentally friendly products to customers around the world.

HZCORK has made it a priority to maintain and encourage the eco-friendly and safe disposal of organic waste.
We also take the lead in raising awareness of recyclable waste worldwide. We are fully operational and up-to-date. Contact us for our outstanding services.

2. Natural and stylish cork bag - Lafloreparis

Lafloreparis
Location: France
Type of company: Branding, Manufacturing
Year of establishment: 2019
Main products: Cork bags

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LaFlore Paris is a boutique brand based in the heart of Le Marais, Paris, founded by Elie Seroussi, founder of Cecile and Jeanne Paris with 30 years of experience in the fashion industry, and his daughter, designer Natacha Seroussi. With Elie’s background in fashion and craftsmanship and Natacha’s own passion for style, nature and artistic endeavors, the pair launched LaFlore as a way to embrace chic, minimalist fashion veganism and sustainability.

LaFlore launched its first bobobark crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in 2019, raising $1.39 million from more than 6,400 backers, and raised $800,000 from 3,500 backers on Indiegogo in 2020. This is the most funded women’s bag in Kickstarter history. Launching products on Kickstarter is a way for LaFlore to work towards its vision of zero waste and commitment to sustainability.
Its stunning convertible backpack purse, the Bobobark, has won fans worldwide. This unusual bag is made of cork, one of the most sustainable materials on the planet, and with proper care, it is constructed to last a lifetime.

3. Comfortable & durable

cork flooring - Amorim Cork Flooring

Amorim Cork Flooring
Location: Portugal
Company Type: Manufacturing, Wholesale
Main Products: Cork Flooring
Other products: Cork, cork products

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Corticeira Amorim is the largest producer of cork products in the world and the most international Portuguese company. It leads the entire industry, making a distinctive contribution to the economy and innovation of the cork industry.
Its origins date back to 1870, when the company quickly realized the unlimited potential of this 100% natural raw material, transforming it into a project of choice in the context of the information society, aware of the environmental problems caused by consumption – a relevant choice.

Amorim Cork Flooring combines the inspiration of nature’s purest values with cutting-edge technology. The result is a range of high quality, versatile flooring with undeniable sustainability and comfort. Their unique coverings use innovative technologies to enhance the natural properties of cork, and the portfolio integrates a variety of solutions, some of which revolutionize the traditional concept of cork flooring. From homes to hotels, restaurants to libraries, museums to offices, for any residential or commercial project seeking superior comfort and performance.

4. Non-slip non-toxic cork yoga mat - Yolohayoga

Yolohayoga
Location: United States
Company Type: Brand, Manufacturing
Year Established: 2013
Main Products: Cork Yoga Mat
Other products: Cork balls, cork wheels, brick wood blocks

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Yoloha Yoga is a family owned and operated business that aims to pursue sustainable practices. The journey began in 2013 when Chris Wiley handcrafted yoga mats in his garage from the most sustainable materials he had on hand. By combining cork with recycled rubber, Chris created the world’s first cork yoga mat.
Today, Yoloha has expanded the family to include a small team based in Charleston, South Carolina, shipping their eco-friendly cork yoga products around the world.
Yoloha has always strived to reduce its impact on the environment by constantly innovating products, materials and methods. yoloha ships all products using only 100% recycled or recyclable cardboard and kraft paper and never uses single-use plastics.

5. Quiet and insulated cork board - Mantoncork

Mantoncork
Location: United States
Company Type: Manufacturing, Wholesale
Year Established: 1921
Main Product: Cork Rolls & Boards

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Since 1921, Manton and Cork have been synonymous. The company was founded by Sidney Manton in 1921 and has been a family business ever since.

In the early years, cork was imported to the United States for the production of stoppers (tapered and straight cork) at the factory in Brooklyn, New York. By 1950, cork production was almost entirely concentrated in Portugal and Spain, where a wide variety of cork products were produced. mantoncork became a partner in a major factory in Portugal that specialized in fishing rod handles, custom industrial and custom consumer cork products. Their company also developed close relationships with leading cork mills and began importing a wide variety of cork products. It soon became the largest importer of finished and semi-finished cork products in the United States with annual sales of approximately $2,400,000.00.

By maintaining a large inventory, we were able to efficiently meet the needs of our customers in the U.S. and for export. He is the President of the Cork Institute and a former board member of the Portuguese-American Chamber of Commerce.

6. Recyclable cosmetics - Lush

Lush
Location: United Kingdom
Type of company: Manufacturing, Wholesale
Year founded: 1995
Main Products: Shampoos, shampoo bars
Other products: Makeup and bath products

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Since 1995, Lush has been a pioneer in the cosmetics industry. From inventing the bath bomb and creating new innovative products to campaigning against animal testing and ethics, it has come a long way from humble beginnings.
Ethical beauty brand Lush has received its first carbon neutral certification for its eco-friendly cork jug.
The packaging, which debuted in 2017, is designed to hold its shampoo bars.
It’s made from oak bark from southern Portugal and was originally launched as a charitable cause to support the regeneration of the country’s wider cork oak forests.
According to Lush, the certification verifies that each 35 gram cork jug can sequester more than 33 times its weight in carbon dioxide, removing approximately 1.2 kilograms of CO2 from the atmosphere.
John Newton, associate director of the Carbon Trust, added, “The transition to a net-zero economy offers companies the opportunity to develop innovative products that appeal to consumers and differentiate their brands in the marketplace.”
“Lush’s 35g cork tins are an innovative packaging approach to meet these needs and we are delighted to demonstrate that they are achieving carbon neutrality.”
Meanwhile, Nick Gumery, creative buyer at Lush, added: “This is the future of packaging.”

7. Eco-friendly concept - Mazda MX-30

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Location: Japan
Type of company: Brand, Manufacturing

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Mazda’s new 100% electric car, the MX-30, could have used some luxurious new leather, or perhaps some fancy wood, but it chose cork for a reason, and a very good one: cork is its heritage.
What many people don’t know is that Mazda’s predecessor, the Toyo cork industry, was used as an alternative material for gaskets and walls before plastic and rubber technology was as developed as it is today. But after World War II, industrial-scale rubber and plastic production meant that cork gradually took a back seat as a large-scale industrial material,”
“But because it holds such an important place in Mazda’s history, it was the right choice for us to use it for the MX-30 passenger cabin.” said Tomoichi Matsuda, chief designer of the Mazda MX-30.

Mazda’s goal is to contribute to the reduction of its environmental footprint. This goal is insulated from the brand’s other attributes, namely comfort, impermeability, thermal insulation, sound insulation and vibration resistance.
The use of molding technology and the natural properties of cork, such as lightness, flexibility and softness to the touch, combine to give the new Mazda cars a pleasant sense of well-being and comfort in addition to their inherent natural beauty.
Mazda ensured that the solutions implemented in the MX-30 car would increase the frictional resistance. In addition, it naturally prepares the car for the demands of everyday life. Sport driving mode or road conditions, cork will be an excellent choice in terms of application.

8. Soft and lightweight cork shoes - Reefer

Reefer shoes
Location: South Africa
Type of company: Brand, Manufacturing
Year of establishment: 2018
Main products: Cork shoes

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Made from cork, hemp and recycled ocean plastic, Reefer Shoes is firmly on the path towards making our world a more sustainable place, one shoe sole at a time. Founded in 2018 by Seb Matheson, this locally produced footwear brand finds a balance between fashion appeal and eco-friendliness. Although the brand is fairly new, it already has a reputation as one of the most sustainable footwear brands in South Africa and is looking to expand its product range and audience.
All REEFER shoes are handmade in a family-owned factory in Durban that has been in business for 70 years. The quality of craftsmanship is world class. a large part of REEFER is ensuring that it has a sustainable supply chain, which includes a human component. More and more consumers are actively looking for sneakers made with quality craftsmanship and that’s what sets them apart.

9. Comfortable & durable cork furniture - Koala

Koala
Location: Australia
Company type: Manufacturing, wholesale
Year Established: 2015
Main products: Cork sofa
Other products: Furniture

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Koala may be known for its popular mattress-in-a-box, but this environmentally conscious furniture brand has just made a major, sustainable statement beyond the bedroom. Sourcing cork from renewable cork oak trees in the Mediterranean basin, they have managed to produce Australia’s first ever soda made entirely from cork.

Catering to the growing demand for sustainable homewares, Koala’s cork sofa, aptly named “The Cork Sofa”, aims to lead a movement to achieve more leather alternatives in Australia – without compromising on luxury aesthetics and comfort in our search for a new sofa. Needless to say, no cattle were harmed in the making of this sofa.

There is no doubt about the pursuit of sustained economic growth and its significant impact on our environment and society. Globally, awareness of the need for sustainable development is growing and the principles of sustainable development are entering national and international policies. As the population continues to grow and we all seek to improve our environment, creating significant additional demands on resources, sustainability becomes a key focus of any and all design more important and necessary than ever.

Based on the many outstanding properties of cork, the cork can be made into cork fabrics, cork sports products, cork bags, etc., which are considered one of the best alternatives to leather.

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The cORK

Cork is mainly made from the bark of the cork oak (Quercus Suber) which is grown in sunny and warm countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. Globally speaking, Portugal is the biggest producer of cork.

The cork is harvested by removing the bark of the tree. The extraction method is 100% safe for the tree, which is not cut, and its surface doesn’t suffer any type of damage. Harvest is made in cycles every 9 to 10 years. The cork tree must be approximately 25 years old before the first extraction (virgin cork) and then nine years shall be necessary for following harvests. Fortunately, the cork tree lives for 180/200 years which allows 15/20 extractions.

cork fabric has exceptional characteristics, which make it perfect to do bags,wallets,upholestery wallpaper and flooring.

Soft, warm surface
Sound and heat insulation
Very good indoor environment conditions thanks to antibacterial and dust-repellent surface qualities and excellent moisture control – particularly suited for people with allergies
Robust, even when it comes to minor damages as they will hardly be visible within the natural structure of the material
Easy to clean (dry)
Light-resistant

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